Tariq Lamptey has revealed his ‘unbelievable’ and ‘surreal’ Chelsea debut really set him on the best way to constructing a budding profession at Brighton.
The 20-year-old full-back made simply three senior appearances for the Blues, the primary of which got here in a ‘loopy’ victory at Arsenal final season.
He entered the fray on the Emirates Stadium simply shy of the hour mark with Chelsea 1-Zero down, and impressed as two late targets noticed the Blues nick a 2-1 comeback victory in December 2019.
Lamptey seems again on at the present time with nice fondness.
He stated he’ll always remember celebrating with the Chelsea followers, the place his mum and pa had been sat, on the finish of the match.
However he stated that success made him come to the realisation that the one means he’d expertise extra days like that was by leaving Stamford Bridge.
He did simply that solely a matter of weeks later, signing for Brighton on the finish of final season’s January switch window.
The choice by Lamptey to show his again on the membership he’d been with because the age of eight has been vindicated by the good begin he’s made on the Amex Stadium, which has seen him rewarded with a brand new long-term contract.
On his debut for Chelsea, Lamptey stated: “That was a unbelievable and loopy day. Getting warmed up, Jody [Morris] calling me over and clearly the gaffer [Frank Lampard] having a couple of phrases telling me to go on the market and assist the workforce and produce the vitality that I at all times deliver and attempt to get us again into it.
“We had been 1-Zero down and went 2-1 up and there was that second on the finish the place I used to be celebrating with the gamers and we ran over to the gang and my mum and pa had been there. It’s a surreal feeling that I’ll bear in mind for the remainder of my life.
“It was a extremely robust determination for me to make having been there since a younger age.
“However after making my debut and the best way I did it I felt that I had a style for senior males’s soccer and I needed extra of it.
“So it obtained to the purpose the place I needed to decide with the place I used to be going to develop extra and the place I used to be going to have the ability to play as many video games as potential.
“I got here to an incredible membership in Brighton who’ve a extremely good plan for me so I’m joyful that I’m right here.”